Updated on 09/18/2011 2:38AM

Naissance Royale gets another shot at rival


MIAMI - Trainer Christophe Clement said Naissance Royale was not fit when she finished fourth behind Dream Lady in Monmouth Park's Omnibus Stakes earlier this fall. But the Grade 1-placed Naissance Royale won't have any excuses when the pair cross paths again on Saturday in Calder's Grade 3 My Charmer Handicap.

The My Charmer is one of three $100,000 stakes on the undercard of Saturday's

Grand Slam I program. Two-year-olds will also be in the spotlight - colts and geldings in the What a Pleasure Stakes and fillies in the Three Ring.

Naissance Royale finished four lengths behind Dream Lady as the 4-5 favorite in the Omnibus. The start was the first for the Irish-bred Naissance Royale in nearly three months, following her game three-quarter-length decision over Ambitious Cat in Woodbine's Grade 2 Nassau Stakes. Clement was so confident Naissance Royale would improve off her performance in the Omnibus that he shipped her back to Canada for the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor, where he was rewarded with a third-place finish behind leading Canadian Horse of the Year candidate Arravale.

Naissance Royale, a two-time Grade 2 stakes winner in this country, earned herself high weight of 120 pounds in the My Charmer. She'll concede three to seven pounds to her 11 rivals, with jockey Rene Douglas hoping to give Clement back-to-back wins in this event. Clement sent out Snowdrops to register a mild upset in the 2005 My Charmer.

Dream Lady is one of two horses trainer Bobby Frankel entered in the My Charmer, along with Amorama.

Dream Lady, a 4-year-old daughter of Old Trieste, has started just once since winning the Omnibus, finishing a late-running third behind Pommes Frites in Belmont's Grade 3 Athenia Handicap on Oct. 15.

Amorama is a well-traveled French-bred mare who turned in her best effort of the season this summer at Del Mar when she finished fourth, beaten less than a length, in defense of her title in the Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap.

Trainer Bill Mott will counter his arch-rival and good friend Clement in the My Charmer with My Lordship, a three-time stakes winner in just five starts this season.

The local contingent is led by the once-beaten Bayou's Lassie, who faces far and away the toughest assignment of her career on Saturday. Bayou's Lassie, a 3-year-old daughter of Outflanker, has captured 5 of 6 lifetime starts and is undefeated on turf in three tries, including easy wins in the Judy's Red Shoes and Calder Oaks.

Green Vegas, who moved to the head of the local 2-year-old division with victories in the Foolish Pleasure and In Reality stakes and his recent second-place finish in the Jack Price Juvenile, continues his busy schedule when he wheels back as the likely favorite in the What a Pleasure at 1 1/16 miles.

Under regular rider Julio Garcia, Green Vegas, a son of Trippi, will carry high weight of 122 pounds under the allowance conditions of the race. Only seven horses entered the What a Pleasure: six locals and New York invader My Golden Opinion, who steps down in company after finishing a distant fourth behind Scat Daddy and Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Grade 1 Champagne.

Adhrhythm also gets some class relief when she returns off her seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile to take on seven other juvenile fillies in the 1 1/16-mile Three Ring. Adhrhythm, a winner of the final two divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes, will race with blinkers for the first time on Saturday. She is trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., who also campaigned Three Ring.

A couple of lightly raced but promising fillies are among the competition, Secretsoftheheart and Meditations, although both are unproven around two turns.

Secretsoftheheart is perfect in two starts, including a three-length triumph in the Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies, but will be stretching out beyond seven furlongs for the first time in the Three Ring. Meditations exits a very impressive 10 3/4-length maiden special weight victory but has yet to race farther than 5 1/2 furlongs.

Post Invader, the early division leader, has finished fourth in three starts since registering a 4 1/2-length decision in the Cassidy Stakes here on July 15. A daughter of Salt Lake, Post Invader was fourth in both the Grade 1 Spinaway and Grade 2 Adirondack Breeders' Cup at Saratoga, and has not started since finishing a well-beaten fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Brave Raj Breeders' Cup, her two-turn debut, in late September.